Proverbs 28:6

“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity

    than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”

Proverbs 28:6 ESV

Many have seen this proverb represented through two characters in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Probably that is enough information to make many readers immediately think, “Oh, yeah!” Of course, Old Man Potter represents the rich man who is crooked in his ways. Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey represents the poor man who walks in integrity.

I don’t know that the author of the original short story nor those who turned that story into a screenplay intended to flesh out this proverb, but they certainly did, nevertheless. The irony between rich and poor is presented so well in the movie because it is easy to see that Mr. Potter, who is rich in wealth, is poor in spirit. Likewise, George Bailey, who is poor in wealth is rich in spirit.

If you were writing this movie script based on your life, which character would best portray you?


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